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10-05-2007

Author Ross Szabo to Speak at Clarkson University on Mental Health Issues

Although Szabo looks normal on the outside, inside he is dealing with something much bigger. Szabo developed bipolar disorder at the age of 16. In the United States, one in every five teenagers and young adults suffers from this same mental illness. He challenges the stereotypes that society places on mental illnesses as well as giving his thoughts, feelings and emotions on the topic.

In his book he discusses how a mental disorder entered his life, how he has dealt with it and how he is now living a healthy, normal life. Most of all, he helps audiences realize that depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental health struggles can happen to anyone.

Szabo is the director of Youth Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign (NMHAC), receiving his education from American University. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology from American University. He has been featured in Parade and Seventeen magazines, appeared on CNN, MTV and CBS and has had his presentation turned into a television program for PBS. He was named 2007 Best Male Performer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine which recognized him as one of the top speakers in the country on the college speaking circuit. He is a founding member of the Leadership 21 Committee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

This event in is sponsored the Office of Co-Curricular Education Programs, the Counseling Center and the Tobacco Free Campus Program.

For more information about the book, please go to http://www.behindhappyfaces.com/about-the-book.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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